Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745335247 Will Publish September 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745335254 Will Publish December 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Latino Question

Politics, Laboring Classes and the Next Left

Rodolfo D. Torres

The Latino Question

Rodolfo D. Torres

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780745335247 Will Publish September 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745335254 Will Publish December 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In the United States, the number of Latinos struggling in pursuit of the American Dream has never been greater. Millions work towards this ideal each year, only to find themselves trapped in a cycle of debt and labor. The need for a vivid, empirically grounded study on Latino politics, culture, and social issues is more essential now than ever before—The Latino Question fulfills this gap, offering a cutting-edge overview and analysis of the transformative nature of Latino politics in the United States.
 
In a radical alternative to the dominant orthodoxy in Latino political studies, Rodolfo D. Torres, Armando Ibarra, and Alfredo Carlos emphasize the importance of political economy for understanding Latino politics, culture, and social issues. Written in an accessible style, the authors draw from extensive original research and several critical traditions—including Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, and Michel Foucault—to make crucial links between socio-economic and culture-based approaches for understanding the politics of race and ethnicity in capitalist society. Notably, they present front-line evidence of how some Mexican communities across America are not only resisting, but also reinventing and transforming the predominant economic ideas. The Latino Question will be essential for anyone hoping to understand the changes in Latino communities in America today.
 
Review Quotes
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva
“Provocative . . . . A timely intervention on Mexican American politics and labor.”
Rodolfo F. Acuña, Author of Occupied America
“Scholars of Mexican American politics have largely rendered invisible capitalism and the inequalities that flow from it. This is a remarkable analysis of Latino politics and labor in this period of market-driven madness and unruly democracy. . . The Latino Question is a compelling critique of our political economy.” 
Mario Barrera, author of Race and Class in the Southwest
“Studies of Latino politics in the past have largely failed to locate their discussions in the context of the American capitalist political economy and the class divisions that it fosters and that shape so much of the country's political and cultural struggles. The Latino Question provides a pathbreaking and extraordinary account of contemporary Latino politics.”
 
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